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Paying for Cancer Screening and Prevention

Locate medical experts and find information on insurance coverage and financial assistance for risk management, treatment and follow up care.

Paying for ovarian cancer screening

National expert guidelines recommend that women who are at high risk for ovarian cancer have risk-reducing removal of their ovaries or fallopian tubes.  The age by which this surgery occurs depends upon the gene mutation a woman carries, with

  • BRCA1 mutation carriers recommended to have the surgery around age 35-40
  • BRCA2 mutations carriers can "reasonably delay" surgery until age 40-45
  • BRIP1, RAD51C, and RAD51D mutation carriers should consider surgery around age 45-50

and in all cases surgery should be consider after the completion of childbearing.

For high-risk women who still have their ovaries, expert guidelines note that a doctor may want to perform the following surveillance on an annual basis beginning at ages 30-35:

  • Concurrent transvaginal ultrasound with color Doppler
  • Blood test for CA-125
  • Pelvic exam

Many insurance companies will cover the cost of these tests for women with a BRCA1, BRCA2 or other inherited mutation that is linked to increased ovarian cancer risk. Some out-of-pocket cost may be required. If your insurance company denies any services associated with your treatment and care, your health care team can help you appeal the decision. Visit our health insurance appeals page for more information. 

Some early detection ovarian cancer research studies may cover the cost of screening within the study. Visit our HBOC research search tool to find additional prevention and detection research studies. 

Federally qualified health centers (also called “Community Health Centers”) can be a resource for anyone who needs financial assistance with their health care journey. Their mission is to provide care regardless of ability to pay. They are often the most knowledgeable resource about which other providers and organizations in their local community offer services at discounts, sliding fee scales, etc. Their main focus is providing prevention services such as screenings. All of the centers must provide access to mental health services, and many provide access to general living assistance programs (energy assistance, child care assistance, housing assistance, etc.)

Updated 12/23/2016

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